How Can I Relieve A Toothache

How Can I Relieve A Toothache

As an Aurora, CO dentist I have found through my internet searches on dental topics that a lot of people are wondering how to relieve a toothache at home.   A toothache is your body’s way of setting off an alarm to tell you that that there may be something very dangerous and unhealthy going on in your mouth.  I have found it amazing that when people have an infection in a foot that makes it so difficult that they can’t walk, they will almost always take some Tylenol and call their doctor to get it fixed!  However, when someone has a toothache (which is usually an infection) that is so painful that they can’t eat or talk normally, they will try to fix it with voodoo and witchcraft.  Listen to your body.  If you have a toothache, this is your body telling you that something is very, very wrong.  Schedule an appointment with an aurora dentist and get it looked at! 

 

OK, so I’m off my soapbox.  I know that you didn’t come here to get lectured.  If you have a toothache and you cannot get in to see an Aurora, CO dentist right this second (maybe it’s the weekend—or a holiday!), here is what I recommend:  Take over the counter pain medications first, and try combining these with products like anbesol or oragel to relieve the pain until you can get in.  Please note that in normal, healthy adults, the maximum amount of Tylenol that should be taken is 4000mg, and the maximum amount of Ibuprofen that can be taken is 3200mg in any 24-hour period.  Don’t overdose yourself!  Some patients at my Aurora, Co dentist office report to me that clove oil on a q-tip helps, although please don’t place aspirin or other medicines directly on the tooth or gums unless they are specifically designed for this (like Oragel).  Doing so can cause a chemical burn and can make life REALLY miserable. 

 

If you are a patient at our practice, you can usually reach a live person any time day or night, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  It’s just our policy.  I try to never leave my patients hanging, and I want them to always be able to reach a live person whenever possible. We make it a policy to never leave a patient in pain without being able to reach someone.  If you are in pain and need to see a dentist in Aurora, CO or speak to a live dentist in Aurora, CO, you can fill out our contact form here and we will respond in the next business day, or you can call 303-693-1215 and by listening to the message and following the instructions, you may be able to speak to a live dentist in Aurora, CO immediately.